FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ (Sussex County) – A Sussex County was charged after he allegedly used racial slurs and assaulted a man and blamed him for the COVID-19 pandemic, police said.
Robert A. Winter, 65, of Vernon was charged and arrested with terroristic threats, simple assault, two counts of bias intimidation, and two counts of harassment.
On Sunday, March 15, at around 8:20 a.m., officers responded to the ShopRite in Franklin Borough for a reported bias incident, police said.
According to police, Winter reportedly assaulted and harassed a black man, while referring to him using a racial slur and blaming him, in part, for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Winter was charged and released, as per the New Jersey Bail Reform act, pending an appearance in Central Judicial Processing in Sussex County Superior Court.